Friday, 25 July 2014

HUGE BUS DEPOT FOR GLASGOW

First unveil artist's impression of new £20m bus depot and HQ

Bus operator First Glasgow has unveiled artist’s impressions of the firm’s new £20m depot and headquarters planned for the city.

The new facility at Gushetfaulds, in Glasgow’s south side, which is scheduled to be fully operational from November 2014, will be the biggest bus depot in the UK with space for up to 450 buses and 1200 employees.
First Glasgow managing director, Fiona Kerr, said: "The plans for our new depot and headquarters are fantastic.
"It’s really exciting to think that later this year we’ll be enjoying a state of the art facility specifically designed for operating and maintaining buses.
"Our £20m investment in our new depot and headquarters is great news for our customers.


  

"The new facility will help us improve upon an already strong punctuality and reliability performance and we hope it will encourage people to consider bus travel more often."
Stephen Scott, Balfour Beatty Delivery Unit managing director, said: "We are delighted to be constructing this ambitious state of the art bus depot for First Glasgow. Work is progressing well on the project, which when complete will help revitalise an area which has lain derelict for many years."
Construction is well underway at the site and First Glasgow is running an internal competition inviting employees to name the new depot and head office.
Suggestions will be shortlisted and voting will take place next month to choose the winning name.
Currently, around 700 children's drawings and paintings are on display on hoardings at the 10 acre site on Cathcart Road in the south side of the city until May.
Four winners have been chosen and will see their artwork displayed on the back of some First Glasgow buses in March.


Meanwhile, two miles away is the old bus depot Bridgeton, home to the Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust, which is now a working museum, where historic vehicles can be seen in various stages of restoration. During the year the society open the doors of the museum for a series of special events where visitors can see the exhibits and take a ride on some of them that operate on free bus services.


 A selection of ex First vehicles on display at the Bridgeton depot

















 An interior view showing some of the vehicles on display at the October 2013 Open Day

 Above & below, Exterior shots of the GVVT depot showing vehicles taking part in the free bus service




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Bridgeton Bus Garage
76 Fordneuk Street


Bridgeton Bus Garage
76 Fordneuk Street

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